Avoid plagiarism - for students

What is plagiarism

Plagiarism is using someone else's material as if it were your own (books, articles, films, web pages, tables, figures, etc.), without referring explicitly to the original source.

It is plagiarism when you knowingly cheat – if, for example, you borrow someone else's work and submit it as your own - but it is also plagiarism if your references to sources are imprecise and incomplete.

Avoid plagiarism

Avoid cheating at exams

You can avoid plagiarism by citing correctly and specifying the source of your citation, with precise references to the sources you have used so that the material can be located and retrieved if necessary. Read more on how to prevent cheating and plagiarism and what the consequences can be.

Avoiding Plagiarism - online course

Would you like to learn more about academic practice, citation practice and reference management, so that you can avoid plagiarism?

AU Library offers students the possibility to take an e-learning course on ”Avoiding Plagiarism”. The course lasts 1 hour and is in English. 


To get access to ‘Avoiding plagiarism’ at Aarhus University, please send an e-mail to urkundsupport.library@au.dk, using your AU mail. A member of the AU Library staff will get back to you with further information.

Plagiarism at AU

AU uses the tool URKUND to check assignments for plagiarism. URKUND is a tool for lecturers, not students.


Stopplagiat.nu is a web tutorial for students on plagiarism. It has been made in a collaboration between Danish research libraries and lecturers from the University of Southern Denmark, University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.

Study Metro

Study Metro is an academic study tool that can help you with writing assignments, choosing subjects, making literature searches, communicating study results, etc. Study Metro can also help you avoid plagiarism. Study Metro is developed by the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Arts, Aarhus University.

Reference management

If you cite the source of any material you use, and manage all references in your written work correctly, you will avoid plagiarism.

Read more on reference management and how you can, for example, make use of a tool for inserting citations and creating bibliographies.